( June 1794)
as I expected the happiness of seeing the President shortly I did not in my last mention one or two things which I thought of proposing to him respecting the repairs he is so good as to have done for me in Alexandria. I trust he will forgive the appearance of importunity which any request from me might have to him, who has already shown me so much kindness & benevolence, which I wished to propose is that he will be so good as to allow Mr Pearce to have one end of the stable laid with plank floor, for without it I shall be much at a loss to accomodate the servants I am obliged to carry with me. to have a small inclosure made on the lot as a place of security for my wood as I have no wagg(on) (missing) & must endeavour to have enough (missing) to last some time, & the ravages of wicked or (missing) 1
Df ViMtV. Contained on the verso of the letter of Martha Washington to Fanny Bassett Washington, June 2, 1794.
Philadelphia June the 15th 1794
My Dear Fanny
I am sorry to hear of your Letter of the tenth that your little girl has been so ill 1 - I hope she has got quite well before this - I have not a doubt but worms is the principle cause of her complaints Children that eat everything as they like and feed as heartely as yours does must be full of worms - indeed my dear Fanny I never saw children stuffed as yours was when I was down and reather wondered that they were able to be tolarable with such lodes as they used to put into thair little stomachs - I am sure thare is nothing so pernisious as over charging the stomach of a child-with every kind of food that they will take - expearance will convince you of the impropriety if nothing else will -
I can with much truth say that I am really sorry that - I cannot come down to M Vernon this summer particularly on your account - the president says he cannot make a longer stay than a few days - which would make it very inconveniant to me to be thare without him - besides I should not like to have any thing to do with Mr Pearces Family in the House The President will bring two white men with him - one of them may sleep in Whitings room the other in the Garet - let thare be a bed put